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[Translation from Babrius and Phaedrus. Newly edited and translated into English, together with an historical introduction and a comprehensive survery of Greek and Latin fables in the Aesopic tradition, by Ben Edwin Perry. London, W. Heinemann; Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1965. Translation amended by me.]

No. 54

A eunuch went to a sacrificing seer to consult him about the prospect of having children. The sacrificer, spreading out the sacred liver of the victim, said: "When I look at this it tells me that you'll be a father; but when I look into your face you seem to be not even a male."